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James Brown closes ‘06-‘07 Distinguished Speaker Series
By Hannah Simpson
Sports commentator James Brown told students during the final April 20 Distinguished Speakers Series that he had to learn the fundamentals of success in order to become a successful and recognized businessman.
"If you take those characteristics, root them in faith, you’ll be successful no matter what,” Brown said.
Brown recalled a time when his pronunciation of a word was questioned on-air.
Brown said that experience made him pay more attention to his speech.
"People make judgments based on how you look before you can even open your mouth,” Brown said.
"I’ve long since gotten over having the name James Brown,” he said.
That’s a long way from not knowing what he wanted to do in college, Brown said. He said he had wanted to be an attorney and never dreamed he would become a sports broadcaster.
Currently, Brown broadcasts “The James Brown Radio Show” on Sporting News Radio, as well as is a correspondent for “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” Brown is a host for HBO, and the host of the nationally syndicated black talk show “America’s Black Forum.”